The Recording Academy has announced the 2023 recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Award, which includes Nile Rodgers, The Supremes, and Nirvana.
Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart are also included among this year’s honorees, as well as Slick Rick, Bobby McFerrin, and Ma Rainey. The awards will be presented at the Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards Ceremony on February 4th, a day before the 2023 Grammy Awards.
The Trustees Award will also be presented that night to music photographer Henry Diltz, jazz pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis, and Stax Records founder Jim Stewart. The Audio Engineering and Auto-Tune creator Dr. Andy Hildebrand will receive this year’s Technical Grammy Award. The Best Song for Social Change recipient will be announced at a later date.
“The Academy is proud to celebrate this diverse slate of influential music people spanning numerous genres and crafts as our 2023 Special Merit Awards honorees,” said CEO of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr. “Each creator on this list has made an impact on our industry — from technical to creative achievements — representing the breadth of music’s diverse community. We’re excited to celebrate this group of legends next month that continues to inspire and shape the music world.”
Previously, Nirvana were nominated for seven Grammys between 1992 and 1996. They earned their first Grammy posthumously in 1996 for Best Alternative Music Performance for their MTV Unplugged album.
The 2023 Grammy Awards will take place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 5th. Check out all the nominees here.